In just a few decades, the Internet has radically transformed our lives by rapidly becoming a critical resource offering those with access virtually infinite opportunities to innovate and communicate together for the collective good.
Since the phenomenon of COVID-1, the Internet has driven many of us to discover new levels of increased reliance on technology, and the Internet helps us to anchor this new reality. More than ever before, the internet frees us from geographic shackles and brings us together so that we can stay connected.
Unlike a telephone network, even with the phasing out of PSTN, very few operators dominate the lines of communication in most countries, however, ‘Open Standards’ now enable the freedom of movement for independent networks of communication to happen over the Internet gateway.
Growing exponentially, the Internet is opening new opportunities for users to interconnect networks, and Internet service providers are experiencing a new dawn of activity.
With immense quantities of information are uploaded and downloaded over this digital paradigm, and even though the content is very much our own, the means by which Internet traffic reaches the target audience can now be managed by the Internet Paradigm that we call ‘Peering’.
An Autonomous System Number is a unique identifier, that is globally available and that allows you to enter the Peering exchange network with other ASNs.
Autonomous System Numbers can be public or private.
Public ASNs are required for systems to exchange information over the Internet through a shared means of “transferring Internet traffic.”This means that distributing Internet traffic is shared with other ASNs until it reaches its intended destination.
A Private ASN can be used if a system is communicating solely with a single provider via Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), particularly impactful for high volume Internet traffic.
An ‘Internet Exchange Point’ is a physical Infrastructure (like a Datacenter) where many different types of organizations remotely interconnect their Internet communications technology to route Internet traffic.
By connecting to an Internet Exchange Infrastructure via a remote port, each network can connect to other networks and route Internet traffic, in an agreement called ‘Remote Peering’.
Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is the routing protocol for the Internet.
Likewise to a mail delivery service, Border Gateway Patrol is the Postal service of the Internet. (or, the universal transport system).
Border Gateway Patrol is what makes the Internet work and is the universal protocol of routing Internet traffic.
When it comes to the benefits of Internet Peering, because Autonomous System Numbers are directly linked to Internet Exchange Points, Internet Peering becomes the ubiquitous way to communicate directly with other ASNs.
Not only for the termed ‘Network operator’, but for any website across the world, an ‘Autonomous System Number’ allows the user (your network) to control Internet Traffic routing by partnering with other ASN networks.